So before you go further into today’s Jumpstart, I would challenge you to read this passage a second time. Simply because there is so much that is going on.
We pick up at a point where they have discovered that Jesus is no longer in the tomb. The disciples had left but Mary stayed. She is so distraught over not knowing where her Lord’s body was. My favorite part of this is when Jesus appears and says “Mary.” All it took was one word from Jesus for her to recognize that it was Him. It makes me think of how often I don’t recognize when Jesus is calling me. But Mary recognizes and responds immediately.
When Jesus calls to you do you recognize and respond?
Next, Jesus appears to the disciples who were in a locked room. They were hiding out because they were afraid. They did not want to end up like Jesus. Jesus in that room tells them to go out. This is the great commission. Jesus is not, however, sending them out alone. In this moment He gives them the Holy Spirit. This is the same Spirit we have today as believers. We have no reason to be afraid or timid, we can with confidence and boldness go out and share.
In what ways are you fulfilling the Great Commission?
How can you get over any fear?
Lastly, we see Thomas, who refuses to believe unless it meets his standard of reality. He just questions that Jesus could really be back. And in the midst of this doubt Jesus is faithful to reveal Himself to Thomas in the way that he needed to believe. But still Jesus says that we should not have to see or be able to touch Him to believe. Jesus has proven Himself trustworthy and faithful.
Isn’t that good to know that Jesus is faithful, and desires for us to know and believe in Him?
Are there things that are causing you to doubt or withhold full faith in Jesus?
By: Dakota Gragg